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Seabrook, Washington…

Posted by on June 10, 2014

The Town Hall is the large white building with a spire. The retail shops, stores and restaurants are in a close-by but separate part of town.

JUNE 10, 2014. 

SEABROOK, WASHINGTON. We took a drive this afternoon and discovered several little beach-cottage-communities just north of our campsite at Ocean Shores. One of the most interesting is called Seabrook. It’s a planned community…literally brand new. It’s primarily rentals and vacation property., described in the sales literature as follows:

The developer: “Seabrook is a dream that began years ago during childhood beach vacations in the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by those memories, and firmly rooted in the architectural traditions of a bygone era, the developers are creating an authentic beach village to nestle within the spectacular natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. It will itself grow even more beautiful with time.”

TOWNS DO NOT BECOME GREAT BY ACCIDENT. “The best towns are inspired by our innate need for community, combined with easy accessibility to goods and services. Today this philosophy…known as ‘new urbanism’…embraces the notion of sustainability as well. It’s a return to a simpler time, before cars, when people lived near where they shopped, celebrated the arts and good food and placed great importance on green space. Cars are welcome but stowed thoughtfully in carefully conceived lanes and in carriage houses behind homes. Bikes and flip flops are the preferred means of transportation in Seabrook. As it was then, it is now…these beautiful common gathering areas are still where community is strengthened and memories are made and shared.”


Direct beach access to one of the prettiest beaches ever. I can personally vouch for that…we drove our Jeep all over the beach this afternoon.

The town has been designed to meet residents’ needs within a five minute walk, which connects residents to all retail and common areas. The extensive pedestrian network uses eco-friendly materials such as boardwalks, gravel, reclaimed crushed oyster shell and shredded cedar mulch. In addition to promenades and walking trails galore, residents have a central amphitheater, a hilltop park, a town plaza, a playground, a pavillion a town hall, a heated indoor pool, fire pits, horshoe pits and spacious Crescent Park, all of which encourage gatherings big and small.

The rugged stretch of coast is lined with wind-sculpted spruce and is utterly unique in Washington state. It has been a well-kept secret for decades.

Some of these homes are condos and duplexes. Others, like the one on this corner lot, are huge single family residences.

Seabrook is a fascinating place. It’s way too make-believe and “storybook” for my taste, but it’s interesting to see the ideas developers and investors have and how in this case they put those ideas into action. Somebody’s got one hell of a lot of money tied up in this project!



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